Archive for December 2011

New front wheel – the spokes are short

Laced but not tensioned The partly completed loft conversion in use for wheel building. After I laced and trued both wheels I realised the spokes are too short. They are all 288 mm and they should be two sizes: 290 mmm and 292 mm (now on order). Not my fault though. The bike shop supplied […]

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Christmas cycle up North in hail and gales…

Totally pig sick of the gales, really really fed up to the back teeth with em... Over my Christmas time off work I fully intended to do this: The Festive 500 (km) ride to Redemption

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Cyclewight Mince Pie Ride

Held annuallly on the 27th of December the Cyclewight Mince Pie Ride was once listed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ten best things to do after Christmas. Unfortunately icy conditions have meant the turn out has been very low in recent years but this year's mild weather led to a record number […]

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A really useful battery charger

Maha Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer This AA-AAA battery charger wasn't given to me for Christmas but would have made a good present. My Garmin eTrex Legend HCx GPS and front/rear lights all use AA batteries. For cycle touring, normal batteries make sense as there is no need to carry a charger and replacements can be […]

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Wishing All Cyclists a Very Happy Christmas

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The World Comes to Papworth

I've only been a patient at Papworth Hospital once, a couple of decades ago. In those days it was known as the best heart hospital in the known universe. My GP, also located in Papworth, sent me for an x-ray. (My left hip, if I recall correctly.) After I got lost in a maze of […]

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Bempton Cliffs and Rudston from Bridlington

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 23.5-mile route starts in Bridlington and passes through […]

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The First Day of Spring!

Well, OK, that might be a bit optimistic but days are now officially getting longer and on a mild day like today it feels like the start of spring. I've never understood why people celebrate the summer solstice, its really the start of winter. The winter solstice is the magical time, the promise that the […]

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A short break from cycling

I haven't touched my bike for almost three weeks. I've not given up cycling or anything. Far from it (new wheel components on order, bike van being prepared, can't wait to get going again). I've simply been tied up with a few things: a loft conversion, lousy weather, a sore toe, very bad toothache in […]

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Technology and the Audax Altitude Award Round The Year

AAARTY and Technology. Well, it not quite the end of the year yet for us, but for Audax UK, October the 31st was the final day of the season. I have worked hard on my rides this year; and as an avid badge collector I have amounted a good pile of them. My most coverted […]

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Small Ring

Local bikes mock Brown Bike's smallest chainring. "What use is that?" they say. "We live in SW Cambs, not Switzerland." BB politely replies to these local bikes, which are mostly MTBs (and BB is a tremendous snob), that he does sometimes venture to the badlands of the north. Besides, teeny-tiny bottom gears are sometimes handy, […]

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Cycling resolutions for 2012

My rusty mountain bike. New parts are in stock awaiting a spring clean Almost a year ago I wrote that a couple of my new year's resolutions were to watch fewer soaps and get out on my bike more. I think I managed to get out on the bike quite a bit, but I really […]

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Hope Vision 1 LED review

Hope Vision One LED This is a review of the Hope Vision 1 LED. It is not the most powerful front light available, it seems to be overpriced, it switches off without warning, its quick-release clamp has a number of detractors, and some have called the light ugly. So why should you have one?

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Wiggle Wight Winter Sportive

I've never ridden a sportive. I followed behind one once, entered it with a friend the following year, but then chickened out when she couldn't go. The Wiggle Wight Winter sportive is the first such event to take place wholly on the island and I was initially keen to enter it. However the doubts soon […]

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Is maol gualainn gan bráthair

This is an old Irish saying and what it says literally, that a shoulder is bare without a brother. What it means is that it's lonely if you don't have someone with you, i.e., at your shoulder. But what interests me about it is that it expresses something that I think is very relevant to […]

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The Great Circle Ride

Wednesday's ride was the last mainland outing for the Autumn Tints until next spring. Unusually it meant returning to the island from a different ferry port than we left. I'd had thoughts of doing this ride myself in the summer as I liked the idea of using 5 different ferries. I was, however, put off […]

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